Sunday, November 13, 2016

12 Ways to Promote Your Business or Website

If you are a new small business owner or an upcoming web developer and you have a website & want to increase traffic to your store or e-store. I have here 12 simple & “somewhat” easy ways to promote your business or website GUARANTEED. (NO 30 day money back either because its free..lol) But all jokes aside if you follow steps 1 through 12 closely & carefully I assure you will see a significant traffic increase…. I numbered the steps in a strategic order according to cost, meaning the first few steps I show you free ways to promote your business or website. The rest are highly effective ways to promote but you might have to go in your pockets a little, but hey sometimes you gotta spend money to make money right? Now lets get into it….

1. KNOW YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE

OK….. This is the most important step right here, without it the rest of the steps won’t make sense nor will they work…

KNOW YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE; WHO YOU’RE SELLING IT TO; AND WHO YOU WANT TO SELL IT TO

Now what i mean by that is. A product or service is much easier to promote or sell to someone if you know everything about it yourself first hand, how it works, benefits, pros & cons, etc… Now if you know & love the product or service you’re promoting and are passionate about it because you’re living proof that it works or can VOUCH for it, the damn thing will practically sell it self! Plus it would make explaining things to “potential customers” A LOT easier.. Knowing who to sell it to or want to sell to is fairly simple too, just ask yourself what do i have for sale? and who will be interested? For instance you have a restaurant that serves mainly steaks, pork, so on & so forth; Vegetarians & Highly religious people are probably not the people you wanna talk to or try and target when promoting your business or website…Follow me?… So do some research on your “target market/ demographic” or target audience”… Is it older people, teenagers, little kids, male, female, dog owners, cat owners, age groups, 13-16, 18-24, 25 -35 or 35-55, you know stuff like that…..Just do a little research & you’ll be fine..

2. FOOTWORK

Oh yeah good old fashion foot work…..get out there! The business isn’t gonna promote itself.. Print up a couple hundred fliers & pass em out, get the word out that there’s a new sheriff in town & he/she is here to stay..lol…Pass them out to people, put them in between windshield wipers of cars, (a lot of people hate that so be careful, but some people don’t mind either) ask local shops if you can pass fliers out to their customers or even put one or two up in their shop if its OK with the owner.. Don’t over do it either( a little exposure is better than no exposure)….. And one last very important key factor you have to remember when it comes to this step and it plugs back into step 1..Try & stick to you “targeted demographic” in other words don’t go passing out fliers for your new lingerie store in the church parking lot on bingo night…i don’t see that ending too well..lol … Stick to “your script”, Go places where people would be interested in what you have to offer..Ask yourself “Where do “THEY”… (your target market) hang out?” and promote yourself there..

3. WORD OF MOUTH

Another old fashion goodie but it is still one of the best ways to promote your business or website. Tell somebody that knows somebody then tell that person to tell someone else..lol…Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get yourself out there because its more personal and is more likely you will get repeat or even new customers through word of mouth. “Let customers bring customers”

4. Youtube

Yes i said You tube…Upload a video..Believe it or not in this day & age Internet promotion is the best & i stress the best way to promote yourself nowadays I kid you not. You get to not only touch the U.S. market but you also get to reach out into the Global marketplace with the Internet, that’s why its called the “world wide web”. If you don’t understand how important this concept is let me give you an example : Someone from Europe stumbles across your video/ad on line right??…. & it interests he or she, the next time HE or SHE is in the states visiting or touring the country they may just remember your video/ad & may want to stop by and take a look see & experience your business up close & personal and see what its all about….. Some one from Europe!! That out of country business is like no other.. Keep the video creative but not cheesy, a simple banner with your business name, location, & contact info might just do the trick, sometimes less is more. Take advantage

5. SALES SPIDER FOR BUSINESS OWNERS

Not too many people have heard of this site, but its up & coming, shows a lot of promise, and its another way to promote your business or website. It gets heavy traffic and it is somewhat of a social network but its tailored for business minded people like yourself. What the site offers is it allows you to post a free classified ad in your city, and with that ad you can describe your business, where you’re located, etc… It also allows you to link people to your business or website by letting you put you’re URL for the business or website up there (not any other sites BUT your own for all my affiliates out there…lol). What’s so unique and beneficial about this website is that it tries to only send you traffic relevant to what type of business you’re in, which in turn means better chances for potential customers.

6. SOCIAL NETWORKING

Get out and mingle. Cyber mingle i mean…Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, etc..Create a following, make new friends, socialize, and make meaningful relationships because people are more likely to buy from you if they trust you..Like i said before Internet is the new wave and new outlet to promote yourself, so get hip to it now because this is where almost EVERYTHING is headed. Have you noticed you can’t apply for a job on paper anymore?? Think about it……..

7. SUBMIT AN ARTICLE

Many websites, mainly blogs have places on them where they allow you to sign up & submit an article and when you finish writing your article they may allow you to back link it to your business site or your website. And the cool thing about that is if your article is good and gets a lot of reads they might keep it running in syndication… That means checks for life baby!! Also a word of advice keep the content related to what you are promoting or selling…No one likes a spammer.

8. TRADE TRAFFIC

Pretty self explanatory..Many websites offer traffic trade, mainly blogs, and in exchange for you putting one of your links or banners somewhere on their website you in return put one of their links or banners on your website. Simple & effective because if they get a ton of views SO WILL YOU.. Also stick to your “targeted audience” on this one too. Don’t go promote meat products on vegan sites!

9. GO GREEN

Quite simple & it is attractive to today’s consumers. How do you go green?? By going paperless.. How do you go paperless? One word……Pay Pal… If you have an on line store Pay Pal is your friend. This can ring true even if you have a physical business as well. For those of you who don’t know what Pay Pal is, its a service that enables a person to send and receive payments over the Internet when selling or purchasing goods or services or making on line donations. Pay Pal prides itself in being secure, and most on line services accept payment through Pay Pal. It also has a feature where you can e – mail electronic invoices to your customers..YES e-Voices!!..lol…So yeah Pay Pal is great and it makes the shopping experience much easier for you and the consumer.

10. Promote With E – Mail Marketing

Very simple & effective if done correctly.. You want repeat customers to your business or website right? Then what better way than to keep them coming back by email them coupons, discounts, etc.. All you have to do is request an email address from them & “ASK” them if they want to receive these offers from you. I stress the word ASK because people can give you their e -mail & not care about it, but if you just start e-mailing them offers without consent they will probably mark you as spam, and you do not i repeat DO NOT want to be on someones spam list. That’s bad for business. So politely ask & confirm.

11. T- Shirts, Banners, & Logo’s

Once you have branded yourself & created a name that fits, you want everybody to see it & be a part of it. Right?.. So what better way then to put your brand everywhere with t-shirts, banners, signs, hats. etc..I mean if you want you can go as far as to get your car graphically designed with your business or website logo on it ( this is where a little money is coming out the pockets) but it will definitely pay off if you do right. Stick to your target market & logo colors and you should be fine…. Get started by getting some business cards first that is an important step.

12. Newspaper, Radio, & T.V. Promotion

& Finally STEP 12….. Here’s where the money spending comes in… But shoot if you followed steps 1-8 you should be earning some good money by now!..This is where you are going big by getting yourself out there and becoming a household name now. Search & find a newspaper that gets heavy circulation ( a lot of readers) and buy some ad space; or you can start small first and promote your business in the classifieds. Next get yourself a 30 second spot on the radio and tell people about the business, what it is you do or specialize in, where you’re located, etc….(That’s if they haven’t heard about you already)… I think a 30 second spot nowadays is something like a couple 100 bucks depends on what time you choose for it to air and all that. Also depends on the area in which you live & the popularity of that station, so it might get a little more expensive. But that’s what you want because you know for a fact people are listening!! So contact your local radio station for more details. (Google them if you don’t know..) And last but certainly not least ” The Big Screen” ;……Television. Get yourself some ad space on your local T.V. stations. and do this first because there cheaper, then you can go a little further with cable & all that if necessary. Contact your cable company or satellite provider for more info…But by now everybody probably heard about you already..lol..( If you follow my steps and promote it correctly)

Now.. you have all the KEY steps you need to promote your business, increases traffic and gain more sales & recognition…Please Do Not try and do all of these at once because chances are you can get in way over your head. But if you focus on maybe 1-2 steps every week repeatedly, you will grow your business gradually & with a very strong foundation.

Thanks for reading

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12 Years a Slave Film Review (2013)

On those rare, bold and special occasions cinema has a definitive way of capturing the historical hideousness of human despair and demoralization. To examine the underlining evilness and atrocities of humanity and package it in a two hour-plus pathos-ridden presentation of stark and revealing entertainment is indeed an artistic achievement to say the least. The sordid showcase of brutality, indignity and outrage can constructively evolve into something so honest, haunting and even disturbingly heart-warming.

Filmmaker Steve McQueen’s (“Hunger”, “Shame”) powerful and piercing period piece drama 12 Years a Slave is the kind of shocking filmmaking that reminds one of compelling storytelling at its brilliant peak of raw brilliance. Captivating, explosive and emotionally numbing, 12 Years a Slave is the kind of intense movie-going experience that is an indescribable chore because one must work at their manipulation of diverse feelings. Following in the challenging footsteps of gripping social melodramas such as television’s landmark 1977 miniseries Roots, 1985’s The Color Purple, 1993’s Schindler’s List, 1997’s Life is Beautiful and 1997’s Armistad, the raging and rebellious 12 Years a Slave is uniquely unforgettable.

McQueen’s startling and important narrative regarding the nightmarish chapter in America’s horrific past uncovers the tragic travels of one man’s challenged soul and the broken spirit of his impoverished and imperiled people. Sure, 12 Years a Slave is not an easy film to watch and digest with automatic jubilation. However, its significance and harsh realities as a riveting dramatization signifies that it is never too late to dismiss the truthfulness, tenacity and terror that genuine cinematic masterpieces are realized with creative empowerment.

12 Years a Slave is based upon the real-life 1853 memoirs of Solomon Northup, an accomplished Northern violinist, carpenter and proud family man whose kidnapping into the rotten realm of institutionalized slavery in the South would impact his so-called idyllic lifestyle as a free black man. McQueen’s penetrating direction, screenwriter John Ridley’s involving script, the elegance of the cinematography and reflective musical score and the bitingly engaging performances-particularly from lead Chiwetel Ejiofor as the gifted musician-turned-captive slave Solomon/Platt-deems this impeccable production worthy of Oscar’s undivided attention.

Solomon Northup (Ejiofor) was a well-spoken and established artist living in upstate New York in 1841 enjoying the comforts of his musical craft. He is surrounded by his loving wife and two young children and even enjoys the admiration from some of his white colleagues. Solomon is approached to attend a Washington D.C. concert by a couple of promoters-perhaps lured under false pretenses. The results are disheartening as Solomon is drugged then chained in a dark and dank holding cell along with a handful of other captive blacks. Despite Solomon’s protests that he is a free man from the North it does not stop the white captors from holding him like prized merchandise then beating him senseless when he speaks out of turn. Soon Solomon’s identity is stripped away-he now must answer to the name Platt.

Solomon is transported on a deadly boat ride and soon to be auctioned off to work as a laborer on a Louisiana plantation. The literate Solomon is admonished by slave trader Freeman (Paul Giamatti) and warned that he must accept his fate as another man’s piece of property-in this case him belonging to Christian preacher Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch). Master Ford takes a shine to Solomon/Platt and his musical and carpentry skills come in handy to help appease the seemingly accepting slave owner. Eliza (Adepero Oduye), separated and distraught from being away from her children, tries to reason with Solomon that he is fooling himself if he thinks that he is winning any favors from the “kind-hearted” religious Master Ford by trying to be his top “butt-kisser”. Solomon responds by stating that he refuses to give into despair much like Eliza does with her constant weeping and unrealistic expectations of returning to her kids any time soon.

The manipulative slave overseer (Paul Dano, “Little Miss Sunshine”) does not take too kindly to Solomon’s uppity stance towards him. Solomon’s physical confrontation with this despicable manipulator nearly has him killed as he is left for lynching while barely standing on his tippy toes as he avoids being choked with the noose around his neck. When Master Ford releases Solomon from his doomed position at the end of the rope he has no choice but to sell him off for his protection to the diabolical and deranged Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender).

The unpredictable and nasty-minded drunken Epps is downright abusive to his slaves and the polar opposite of Solomon’s previous owner in the Bible-thumping Ford. Epps is punishing when his slaves does not make their cotton-picking quotas to his expectations and on a whim disturbs their precious sleep in the middle of the night just so that they can sing and dance and amuse him at will. Clearly, Solomon rubs Epps the wrong way because he realizes that even as a slave in his sweltering stable that Solomon is more of a complete man than him in comparison.

Interestingly, the vicious Epps seems to have an everlasting and twisted obsession for one of his female slaves in Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o) for whom he does not hesitate to rape or torture on a moment’s whim. In fact, Epps’ wife (Sarah Paulsen) knows about her husband’s sexual fixation on poor Patsey and actually holds contempt for the vulnerable slave girl when she is at the mercy of the filthy hands of her hubby who violates her repeatedly. Patsey is close to Solomon…something that really bothers the jealous-minded Epps to no end. In one of the film’s most harrowing scenes involves psychotic Epps and his petty-minded wife getting the perverse satisfaction of having Solomon whipping the delicate flesh off of Patsey’s petite naked body. It is deliberately gut-wrenching for both Patsey and Solomon as their victimization is born out of the disgust and dysfunction of the warped Epps-one of the most bizarre and hedonistic married couples ever featured on the big screen.

Marvelously crafted with polarizing poignancy and disenchantment, 12 Years a Slave is a stunning revelation. Obviously there have been on-screen accounts of institutionalized slavery sagas that register with their brand of fierce defiance. Still, McQueen’s calculating exposition has a probing distinction for the audience investing in the embedded cynicism and salacious outlandishness of the human condition. Long after the credits stop rolling one will linger with the devastating imagery of divided families, whippings, beat-downs, hangings, physical and mental fatigue and other descriptive cruelties.

Top-notch and telling performances from a capable cast conveying a surrealistic story of havoc and heartbreak at every inspirational turn. Ejiofor is magnetically forceful as Solomon Northrup, a resilient and dignified man reduced to a hollow shell of somebody else’s definition of a subhuman specimen. We see the detachment in Solomon’s eyes and limp physicality but still realize that whatever restrictive barriers these oppressors throw at him there is enough strength for him hanging on to that glimmering ounce of hope.

The other standout portrayals that serve as memorable are Fassbender’s Edwin Epps and Nyong’o’s Patsey…the ultimate character studies of personalized torment from both ends of the spectrum. Hopefully the trio of Ejiofor, Fassbender and Nyong’o will be rewarded with Academy Award nominations acknowledging the psychological heft that they brought to their tremendous roles. Alfre Woodard’s cameo as a former opportunistic slave-turned-slave owner’s wife is met with a combination of disbelief, humor and sadness. Brad Pitt (who also serves as one of the film’s producers) is on board as a sympathetic traveling Canadian abolitionist who puts into motion the possibilities of Solomon finally being reunited with the freedom that was snatched from him twelve years earlier. There is not much screen time for the likes of Giamatti, Cumberpatch, Dano, Paulsen and Oduye but they are all just as effectively potent in what they briefly bring to the table.

Absorbing and comprehensively thought-provoking, 12 Years a Slave is one of the most hostile yet insightful movie-going experiences you will realize with glaring appreciation this year or any other year at the movies.

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12 Ways to Save Money on Books and Still Be Well Read!

If you’re like me, you could go into debt from buying books! I can hardly resist a stop at my local bookstore when I have a free moment. What I don’t like is the expense of all that reading material. Fortunately, I’ve found some ways to save on books and still be a well read person. If you love books like me, you’ll want to give some of these money saving suggestions a try:

1. Buy your books used on Amazon Marketplace

Amazon Marketplace is a division of Amazon.com which allows independent used book dealers to sell their books directly to the online shopper at a discount. When you bring up a book you’re interested in purchasing on Amazon.com’s website, look for the box that says “more buying choices”. Underneath, you should be able to see how many used copies are available. If you click on that link you should be able to do a price comparison among the different sellers and make your selection. Savings here are often substantial with some books being sold for as little as a penny.

2. Use a price comparison engine to find the lowest price of a new or used copy.

The beauty of the internet is that it’s so quick and easy to do price comparisons! No tromping from store to store to find the book at a good price. You can do it in seconds online.

3. Plan to attend your next local library’s book sale

Many libraries have a biannual book sale where they sell not only ex-library books, but books that have been privately donated. You can often find current, even brand new books for unbelievable prices. At most library sales I’ve attended hardcovers have been priced $1.00 to $3.00 and softcovers from $0.50 to $2.00/ Quite a bargain!

4. Make friends with your local librarian

Many people don’t realize the library can get almost any book for you via their interlibrary loan system. You simply fill out a request form, which you can often do online, with the book title and author. If the book is available in another library system, it’ll be transferred to your local branch library where you can pick it and keep it for the standard library loan period. I’ve found some very hard-to-find books using this method.

5. Check out your local garage and estate sales

Estate sales can be particularly good sources for out-of-print books since an entire collection may be sold off when the owner dies. Be sure to get there early for the best selection since book dealers will be out in force.

6. Thrift stores can be good sources too!

Don’t rule out your local thrift store for interesting reading material. Sometimes you’ll go and find nothing of interest, while other times you’ll find a nice assortment of quality books and reading material. As you would expect, the prices are usually fantastic! It pays to visit these stores frequently.

7. Check the yellow pages for local book stores in your area.

Although prices are usually higher than at thrift stores and estate sales, you can still find some gems in these shops if you look carefully. Plus, many of them have a trade in system where you can trade in your old books to get credit to purchase new ones.

8. Don’t forget about the public domain!

Many people don’t realize there are sites online where you can download books in the public domain completely free of charge. These are books whose copyrights have expired and were not renewed by the author or publisher. Probably the largest site for public domain reading material is http://ift.tt/q5BQsT.

9. Keep an eye on your local bookstore.

Some of the larger, chain bookstores such as Barnes and Noble have semiannual sales where they list brand new books at 50% off. Over time, they’re gradually reduced to 75% off and then $1.00. I’ve bought some wonderful books for $1.00 at these events.

10. Spend more time at your local bookstore.

Do you really need to buy the whole book or are you only interested in one chapter? If you don’t need the whole book, relax with a latte in your local bookstore and read only the information you need. I used to think this was improper until I heard one of the employees encouraging a customer to do this.

11. Become a book trader.

Do you have friends who like to read? When you finish reading a book, offer to exchange it for a book they have that you haven’t read.

12. Learn to read book reviews.

Amazon.com allows customers to post reviews on their books. These reviews are often quite in depth and can help you make the decision as to whether you want to spend money on that particular title. Believe it not, sometimes a book review will give you the information you’re looking for and you won’t even need to purchase the book.

If you’re an avid reader, consider giving these suggestions a try. By following these guidelines, I’ve cut my book spending down to only 10% of what it was previously and I still have more books than I can read in a lifetime!

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12 Women Who Make it Happen in Washington, D.C

Tipper Gore. Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Mary Chapin Carpenter. Helen Hayes. Katherine Graham. Tori Amos. Maureen Dowd. Eva Cassady. Katie Couric. Mama Cass Elliott. Cokie Roberts. Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Roberta Flack. Dominique Dawes. Shirley MacLaine.

Every hometown has its heroes, and Washington, D.C. has seen its fair share of celebrity and stardom over the years. Giants of the stage and film. Famous authors. Legends of print and broadcast news. Political powerbrokers. Technological, scientific and mathematical wunderkinds. Olympic hopefuls, top athletes, and winning coaches. People of enormous intellect, talent and skill who were D.C. born-and-raised, and went onto do big things with their lives.

But, some notables, stars and celebrities don’t have to leave town to make it big. Others find a home in the D.C. metropolitan area. Here are my picks for the Most Influential Women, who make a difference and top DC’s Hot List today:

Michelle Obama
First Lady
Website: http://ift.tt/2fpCwDE
Born and raised: Chicago, Illinois
Achievement(s): Advancing sustainability and goes green with addition of vegetable garden in the White House. Formerly vice president of community and external affairs for University of Chicago. Harvard Law School and Princeton alum. A wonderful addition to the Washington, D.C. community.
Quote: “All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won’t do – that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.” (Speech to Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado, August 2008.)

Christine Brennan
Sports Columnist, Television Analyst and Best-selling Author
Website: http://ift.tt/2fQFcca
Born and raised: Toledo, Ohio
Achievements: Major influence in sports writing. Strong focus on girls and women in sports has really made a big difference. Writes on hot topics that appeal to DC’s sports-driven girls and women. DC Soccer Moms take note!
Quote: “When the athletes come to the Olympic Games, it is rarely about the muscles anymore. It is all about the muscles between the ears.” (About women’s Olympic Ice Skating.)

Eleanor Holmes Norton
Congresswoman (D-DC)
Website: http://ift.tt/O1jz5s
Born and raised: Washington, D.C.
Achievement(s): Tenth term as Congresswoman for the District of Columbia. First woman to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Civil rights leader. Yale law school alum. Tenured law professor of law, and distinguished board member for several Fortune 500 companies. Incredible woman, treasured member of the D.C. community.
Quote: “A legislative nightmare,” (On Washington, D.C.’s status in Congress, in Norton biography, Fire in My Soul by Joan Lester.)

Diane Rehm
On air host, commentator
Born and raised: Washington, D.C.
Website: http://ift.tt/2fQEjk4
Achievement(s): NPR commentator, author, and DC treasure. Exceptional interviewer, invites all political perspectives and opinions. A wonderful public radio host who makes civil discourse happen in the nation’s capital. The ultimate D.C. insider and bridge-builder extraordinaire.
Quote: “I feel fortunate to have spent so many years in broadcasting under the aegis of this fine University. Our goals have been one and the same: to expand horizons, and to promote a deeper understanding of the world around us.” (Commencement Address, The American University, May 13, 2007.)

Sheila C. Johnson
Philanthropist, Co-Founder Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Website: http://ift.tt/2fpCfRw
Born and raised: Maywood, Illinois
Achievement(s): Billionaire philanthropist and doting mom. Global ambassador for CARE. Founder of Youth Strings in Action. President/administrator of the Washington International Horse Show. Managing partner for DC Mystics. Owner, Salamander Farm, Middleburg, Virginia. Demonstrates how women of great vision can make a difference in so many areas, from culture and music to health care and philanthropy. DC’s ultimate “can do” woman.
Quote: “I realized that after I graduated from high school, I always had a drive in me that desired to be the best that I could be. But still, I believed you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (2002 speech at her Alma Mater, the State University of New York at Morrisville, as quoted by the New York Times.)

Patricia A. McGuire
University President, Trinity Washington University
Website: http://ift.tt/2fQEw6E
Born and Raised: Philadelphia, PA
Achievement(s): Oversaw transformation of Trinity, doubling enrollment during her tenure at this Catholic institution. Spearheaded $20 million athletic complex, largest facility in nation focusing on “women and girls in sports.” Former Dean, adjunct professor, Street Law Project administrator for Georgetown University Law School. Legal affairs commentator for award-winning, children’s newsmagazine “30 Minutes” for CBS. Georgetown Law Center alum. Strong leader for the times. Has made an incredible contribution to educational and religious affairs in Washington, D.C.
Quote: “Acknowledging the differences of opinion, respecting the histories and traditions of the people affected, and encouraging continuing dialogue are all part of the exercise of wisdom that should be the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of a great nation.” (On Obama Administration’s early efforts to reach out, bridge differences, in “Wisdom Growing with Power,” President’s Blog, Trinity, Sunday, June 7, 2009.)

Eleanor Clift
Political pundit, editor, columnist, award winning author
Website: http://ift.tt/2fpATWJ
Born and raised: Queens, New York
Major Achievement(s): Contributing editor for Newsweek magazine. Has appeared in several films. Regular panelist, lone liberal ranger at times, on nationally-syndicated show, The McLaughlin Group. Terrific reporter, and wonderful asset to the Washington, D.C. community. Super smart, DC political correspondent.
Quote: “It’s a complicated set of opinions that women bring to the voting booth.” (Eleanor Clift.)

Joan Nathan
Cookbook author, Host of PBS series
Website: http://ift.tt/2fQzR4G
Born and raised: Providence, Rhode Island
Major Achievement(s): “Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan”, PBS. guest curator of Food Culture USA at 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Regular contributor to the New York Times, other outlets, a tremendous addition to the Washington, D.C. cultural scene.
Quote: “She always looks at it for recipes, even though I’ve written nine cookbooks,” Nathan says. “She considers it her Bible.” (About her 95-year-old mother’s favorite cookbook, The Settlement Cookbook by Lizzie Black Kander, 1901)

Helen Thomas
Political correspondent, columnist, award-winning author
Website: http://ift.tt/2fpCUlH
Born and raised: Winchester, Kentucky
Major Achievement(s): Too many to list. 57 years with UPI. White House Correspondent for 40 years. Glass ceilings didn’t have a chance with Mrs. Thomas. A Washington legend.
Quote: “Thank you, Mister President…” (Ritual ending of U.S. Presidential News Conferences from John F. Kennedy to William Jefferson Clinton.)

Susan Dentzer
Editor-in-chief of Health Affairs
Website: http://ift.tt/2fQFjVf
Born and raised: Philadelphia, PA
Major Achievement(s): On-air correspondent with PBS’ “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” formerly economics correspondent with U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek. Award winning reporter. Dartmouth alum, and the very first woman to chair Dartmouth’s board. Member of Council on Foreign Relations. Fantastic addition to health care dialogue in Washington, D.C.

Doreen Gentzler
Channel 4 News Anchor and Washington, D.C. treasure
Website: http://ift.tt/2fpwC5K
Born and raised: Washington, D.C./Arlington, Virginia
Major Achievement(s): Founder, co-chair, Washington 100, philanthropic organization of women who contribute $10,000 each to invest in local programs helping women and girls. Emmy award winning reporter, medical reporter. A real Washington tradition. Spearheads Channel 4’s Health Expo.
Quote: “Look what we’ve accomplished,” at the 2008 Washington Area Women’s Foundation banquet. (2008’s Washingtonians of the Year: Doreen Gentzler, by Leslie Milk , Ellen Ryan, Washingtonian, January 2009.)

Joan A. Kuriansky, Esq.
Executive Director, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)
Website: http://ift.tt/2fQBDmf
Major Achievement(s): Strong advocate for economic independence for women. First president of My Sister’s Place, former Executive Director of Older Women’s League. Member of DC Workforce Investment Council that oversees the DC workforce system and Project Labor Agreement Task Force on Nationals Stadium, Washington, D.C. Leading the charge for a better economic future for girls and women in the nation’s capital, and changing the dialogue on the real cost of living for women and elders everywhere.
Quote: “Lincoln and Maxine Marty worked hard, played by the rules, and paid into the system all their lives. Now, retired in their 80s, they struggle daily to make basic ends meet. Yet, the Census Bureau, in its recent release of poverty data ignores their struggles. The Census Bureau could do better.” (See “New Poverty Data Offers Only a Glimpse of the Struggle Women and Elders Face to Make Ends Meet, ” Statement in support of McDermott bill that would require U.S. Census Bureau and National Academy of Sciences to adopt a new methods and data sources to measure impoverishment, August 26, 2008.)

RESOURCES

Home Page – White House
http://ift.tt/2fpCwDE

Home Page – Christine Brennan
http://ift.tt/2fQFcca

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton
http://ift.tt/O1jz5s

WAMU – Diane Rehm
http://ift.tt/2fpCvzA

Home Page – Eleanor Clift
http://ift.tt/2fpATWJ

Home Page – Helen Thomas
http://ift.tt/2fpCUlH

NBC Channel 4 – Doreen Gentzler
http://ift.tt/2fpwC5K

Health Affairs Blog
http://ift.tt/2fQFjVf

Home Page – A Powerful Noise
http://ift.tt/2fpCfRw

PBS Jewish Cooking
http://ift.tt/2fQzR4G

Trinity Washington University
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12-Step Checklist for Opening a Retail Store

1.) Find the perfect location with ample parking for your business. Any one or combination of the following situations can prevent customers from finding you: A hidden stand-alone building that no one can see, not enough traffic, enough traffic but travelling at a speed too fast to see you, a shopping center or strip mall location without a great anchor store, or a location within a town or small city center having the same daily traffic. When you think you have found your location get in your car and stake out the place during different times of day throughout the week and make note of the foot and vehicle traffic patterns. When you have found the place call the city to ask if your type of store will work within the zoning laws. Purchase any necessary permits. Inquire about signage (your most important advertisement) regulations and signage permits.

2.) Sign the rental agreement or lease only when you are positive that the location will work for you. Some people hire an attorney for this. No matter what you do, remember that in this economy many landlords are flexible on many of the terms. A security deposit is usually necessary and/or the last month’s rent in addition to the first month’s rent in advance.

3.) Choose a name if you have not already done so. Call and follow through with your state office regarding registering your chosen name, receiving an E.I.N. (Employer Identification Number) for tax purposes, licensing if necessary and any state permits needed especially if you are selling food whether it be your own or prepackaged.

4.) Decide on your hours of operation and (once open) stick to them so that your customers do not get confused. Once you have been open for a while you will better know what days/hours work best and then you can make the change.

5.) Have your merchandise ready and priced and all of your fixtures, cash register, computer, merchandise services (credit card machine) alarms and other security measures ready to go. Used fixtures found online or in stores are one of the best ways to save on start up costs. Have building improvements completed if necessary.

6.) Open a business checking account and include a debit card. It is always best to keep your personal finances separate from your business finances for easier record keeping and much less confusion for yourself and for the Profit and Loss statement required by the I.R.S.

7.) Get your name out there with a website, free online ads, business cards, brochures, and newspaper publicity announcements (which are often free). Put up your “coming soon”… sign and have your main sign ready to go up on opening day. Advertise and prepare for your grand opening.

8.) Get in-store signage and store policies in place.

9.) Have all utilities hooked up or switched to your name if necessary. Have lawn maintenance and/or snow plowing in place if necessary. Fill up the oil tank if needed. Purchase business insurance to protect your assets and/or in the case of liability claims. Usually the owner will carry property insurance which you are not responsible for unless there is a triple net involved (NNN). This would be outlined in your lease agreement.

10.) Keep an adequate supply of ink and paper for your register and credit card machine as well as pricing tape and ink for your pricing gun. Familiarize yourself with all machines and keep notes handy of anything you may be apt to forget. Make note of prices of any untagged merchandise. It is very easy to forget even simple things when you are busy or distracted. Always have plenty of register change as many people still pay in cash. Have plenty of bags and packing material if needed. Purchase small baskets to make shopping easier for your customers if appropriate for your store.

11.) If immediately hiring employees you will probably want to contact an accountant regarding wages, payroll taxes, workers compensation and unemployment claims.

12.) Remember, your customer is your paycheck now so be nice to them. Have fun and make a fortune!

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1/24 NFL Rumors: Cutler and Palmer

Dick LeBeau could go to the Arizona Cardinals once his contract is up. He is familiar with head coach Ken Wisenhunt because Wisenhunt used to be the Steelers’ offensive coordinator. LeBeau is known as one of the best cornerbacks of all-time, and he is one of the best defensive minds in the league. His complex blitz packages and defensive back coverage zones make him a priority for the Steelers to keep. LeBeau is also a Steelers legend from his playing and now coaching days.

As Randy Inman wrote on Footballdogz, there is a report that Carson Palmer has asked for a trade. Now with some information, I can talk about this rumor better on this post than in the Footballdogz comment section. Palmer is under contract up until 2014. This makes it difficult for him to be traded because he is a 31 year old with four years left on his deal. He might even retire if he isn’t traded. I think that’s an empty threat. As poor as Palmer is and as much as his arm strength has faded, it would be asinine for him to retire at this point.

All the talk is about Jay Cutler’s injury, and every damn football player decided to lash on him. That’s sad on their part. That they didn’t have a damn clue about the injury and started talking crap about Cutler. The report is that he has a torn MCL. If this is true, the MJD’s of the world need to be acquainted with the taste of their tongue more often than not. It’s just pathetic how people will run their mouths about a player when they don’t know the whole story.

Marvin Lewis wants Cedric Benson back. Wow, big surprise here. Lewis loves to open things up with the run game, and the Palmer stuff in the background makes it incumbent upon them to keep Benson. He is the heart of their offense, far and away their best offensive player, and the Bengals really need him. They built their team around a strong running game.

Vince Young says he wants to be a starter in the league. I just hope the Panthers don’t get him. We don’t need an ego like him that has arguably the worst mechanics of any QB in the league. I honestly think that Matt Moore is a better player than Young. Moore is a team player that has solid technique, is smart, and doesn’t make foolhardy mistakes on and off the field.

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12-Year-Old Amber White Still Missing -- Two Arrests Made While Louisiana Police Continue Search

While the search for missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman has turned into a soap operatic sideshow in Portland, Ore., and authorities attempt to piece together what happened to 17-year-old Norma Lopez in Moreno Valley, Calif., investigators in Shreveport, Louisiana, are desperately trying to locate Amber White, a 12-year-old girl who went missing Sunday afternoon after walking to a public pool in Shreveport. According to the Shreveport Times, two men believed to be connected with Amber White’s disappearance were arrested Monday.

Police were notified by Amber White’s parents when she did not return home from a neighborhood pool as expected on Saturday. Authorities received a break in their search when an anonymous tipster called the Shreveport Crime Stoppers tipline and informed investigators that they had seen a girl fitting Amber’s description getting into a dark blue 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sunday afternoon. Brandon Player, 19, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His vehicle, believed to be the one White got into, was impounded.

Later Monday evening, Henry Lee, 25, was also taken into police custody. Investigators believe that Amber White was taken to Lee’s residence. Lee was charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child.

Both men were the subject of intense police questioning, but White’s whereabouts remain unknown.

The 12-year-old girl was last seen wearing a green “Soulja Boy” T-shirt; cut-off blue jean shorts; and a navy blue, white and brown crop jacket. However, according to KSLA News 12 in Shreveport, police have reason to believe she may have changed clothes while at Lee’s residence. She may have changed into a black tank top and gray and burgundy pajama bottoms, although investigators note that she still may be wearing what she had on Sunday.

Amber White is described as a white female, who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. She has brown eyes and reddish-blonde hair.

While Shreveport Police continue to interrogate the two men arrested in connection to Amber’s suspected kidnapping, authorities in Moreno Valley, Calif., continue their search for missing high school student Norma Lopez. Lopez went missing Thursday morning while walking home from a summer class. There was evidence of a struggle in a field near her home — along the path Norma walked to and from school — and police believe she was taken against her will. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a newer model green SUV that witnesses saw leaving the area around the time of the disappearance, although investigators do not know if anyone in the vehicle was actually involved in Lopez’s being missing. The occupants are wanted for questioning.

The Kyron Horman case entered its seventh week Friday with little progress. The missing 7-year-old’s mother and father continue to point fingers at Terri Moulton Horman, the boy’s stepmother. Although there has been some speculation as to a kidnapping, there is no known evidence of such. Both parents have stated publicly that they believe that Terri Moulton Horman was involved in the disappearance of her stepson and Desiree Young, the biological mother, told the “Today Show” that she believed Moulton Horman had staged an abduction of her son.

If anyone has information regarding the kidnapping and/or whereabouts of missing Amber White, they are urged to contact Shreveport Police Detective Lindsey Bonner at (318) 673-7020 or Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373. Shreveport Crime Stoppers are offering a $500 reward for leads to Amber White.

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Sources:

ShreveportTimes.com

KSLA.com

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12-Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor

Now you no longer have to process food the hard way. I have discovered the fastest and easiest way to process food and that is with the 12-Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor.

Cuisinart was founded by Carl Sontheimer and was the first company to manufacture food processors in 1973. Since 1989 the company has been managed by the Conair Corporation. Cuisinart makes high quality, innovative food processors as well as a variety of kitchen appliances such as ice cream makers, microwave ovens, waffle makers, pizza ovens, blenders, hand mixers, water filtration systems, popcorn makers, coffee makers, bake ware, and much more.

When I used to process food without a processor, I would usually use a blender to mix many different types of food items, but even my blender would not and could not handle heavy loads like a real food processor can. I also used a contraption that had to be hand cranked to chop and blend food, which was a very time consuming experience, not including the manual labor of churning the food by hand. I prayed for a real food processor that would slice, dice, chop, blend food with ease, and did not have to be churned manually. I was so happy when I received my first electric food processor- the 12 Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor and in my opinion, it is the best one on the market today and processes food like no other.

The 12 Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor comes with a 4 cup and 12 cup bowl with measurement markings, easy to pour spouts, has a safety device with an easy on and off locking system with a push button release, comes with a variety of slicing discs that are made from stainless steel, a dough blade to make fabulous breads and bakery items, is available in white or black die cast, and comes with a 10 year motor warranty.

The Cuisinart Food Processor has a powerful 1000 watt motor and a patent pending seal tight system that locks blades and seals the bowl. To turn the processor on and off, simply push the electric touch pad with On/Off buttons and blue LED lights. The processor has a wide feed tube to place your food through and all the removable parts can be placed in the dishwasher or washed by hand.

The 12-Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor also comes with a recipe/ instruction book, spatula, and a DVD that shows you how to use the processor. I love the DVD, because it showed me how to properly use the machine and make delicious entrees, soups, dips, desserts, and much more.

I have used the 12 Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor to make many things, such as homemade peanut butter using only roasted peanuts, so fast and easy. I have also made banana ice cream using frozen bananas, as well as delicious hummus, spelt bread, and great tasting smoothies made with frozen fruit, almond milk, and stevia.

The 12 Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor chops, dices, mixes, shreds, and blends food quickly and efficiently. I only had one small problem; the large bowl would sometimes get stuck when I would try to remove it from its base, but I found out that it was my fault that this was occasionally happening, because I was not twisting the bowl off the base the correct way. It is important to always put the bowl on its base and turn it slightly clock wise and remove it counter clock wise.

I have really found the food processor of my dreams with the 12-Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor and I cannot compare it with any other food processor, except to the inadequate hand cranked contraption that I used to use.

If I had to give the 12-Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor a rating based on a scale from 1-10, I would give it a 10, because it really is that good of a food processor. There is so much more that I would like to tell you about this machine, but I think you should try it for yourself to really appreciate it. If you are looking for a hard working food processor that blends, chops, slices, and dices food easily, quickly, efficiently, looks great, and will make your cooking days a lot easier, then you have found it in the 12 Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor. I know that you will love it!

You can find the 12-Cup Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor at http://ift.tt/19GRA68 for $249.00.

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12/03/10 Daily Dose of Nonsense

Scope it, as in Horoscope: No, you shouldn’t do stand-up. It’s that simple.

Bonehead Tip of the Day: When discussing an item close to your heart, make sure you talk down to the very group of people in which you are trying to connect. Nothing is better than demeaning those you attempt to educate.

Trivia. A quick history update. Betsy Ross had nothing to do with the first flag. Not all liquids are wet. The Gunfight at the OK Corral was not fought in front of said place. Revolutionary fighters were terrible shots. Richard Nixon was not impeached. George Bush was not the only president who lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote, thus the presidency. “The buck stops here” has to do with cards. Drinking at the polls used to be very popular on Election Day. We do indeed use more than 10 percent of our brain. The largest desert in the world is the Antarctic. After his famous Midnight Ride, Paul Revere was caught – – and later released.

The List: Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.

“Down In New Orleans” – “From The Princess And The Frog”
Randy Newman, songwriter (Dr. John)

“I See You” – “Avatar”
Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell & James Horner, songwriters (Leona Lewis)

“Kiss Like Your Kiss” – “True Blood”
Lucinda Williams, songwriter (Lucinda Williams & Elvis Costello)

“This City” – “Tremé”
Steve Earle, songwriter (Steve Earle)

“The Weary Kind” – “Crazy Heart”
Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters (Ryan Bingham)

Source: Grammys

Closer: Do not forget the weekend news dump. Those items they want you to ignore by Monday. The party in charge is usually the culprit.

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12/27 MLB News: Blanton, Webb, and Pavano

Dan Uggla and the Braves are looking to get a contract extension done. The best power hitter in Marlins history’s contract runs out after this year. So far, it’s at 5 years 61 million with Ugg wanting more than that. However, reports say that a deal should be finished by the first week of 2011. Carl Pavano is 34, and he wants a three year deal. He is not going to get three, and he shouldn’t get three.

The Twins and Nationals- surprise, surprise- are interested. Fast fact, both franchises have played their home games in Washington. The Twins were formerly the Washington Senators. The Rangers and even the Mariners are teams interested in Pavano. The Phillies will trade Joe Blanton after Pavano goes as Blanton will go to the losing team. Blanton is a better prize than Pavano.

Blanton is the reason why I criticized the Phillies move to get Lee. Sure he’s good, but they didn’t need to pay all that money to him. They already had depth and quality starters like Blanton. Instead, they should have focused their energy on getting a closer. Brandon Webb is getting a one year deal with the Texas Rangers, and this comes as no surprise.

This will be a low risk one year deal as Webb’s shoulder injuries have been really terrible. Other than that, Webb is one of my favorite players and a great pitcher. If he is healthy, he will once again be one of the best in the league. Webb is 31, so it seems doubtful that he will return to health. However, I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Octavio Dotel is 37 but still going strong as one of the better set-up men in this league. The Blue Jays want to add him to bullpen that is reeling from inconsistency- see Kevin Gregg- and the loss of elite set-up man Scott Downs. Dotel is about to sign a one year deal worth 3.5 million. This is the perfect deal for an older set-up man. One year, and you have a solid guy that can fill in. If he stays healthy, give him one more year. If not, he will always walk out.

The Jays could also trade him if a contender is interested. It isn’t complete, so the Pirates and Rays have outside shots at Dotel. The Rays lost a lot of relievers this offseason, and Pittsburgh’s pen is just horrendous. Not only do the Angels want Scott Podsednik after losing out on Crawford, but the Reds are a surprise team in the race. Cincy loves to hover around free agents as the darkhorse team. On the Reds, the 34 year old speedster would be a leadoff platooner with Jonny Gomes. Podsednik is a inconsistent player and is widely overrated by fantasy baseball players. However, he would do well as a platoon guy so give Dusty Baker props for using his favorite idea for older outfielders.

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12-Hour Crock Pot Breakfast Recipes

If you use a crock pot on Friday night, breakfast can be ready when you wake up Saturday morning. Breakfast crock pot recipes listed below are from 12-Hour Slow Cooker Recipes cookbook.

12-Hour Crock Pot Breakfast Recipes: Omelet Casserole

Ingredients:

1 lb. bacon, chopped (or substitute turkey bacon)
1 (32 oz.) bag frozen hash browns, partially thawed
½ cup diced onions
¾ lb. shredded cheddar cheese
12 eggs
1 cup milk
½ tsp. dry mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pan over medium/high heat, cook chopped bacon until crisp. When done, place bacon on paper towels to drain.

Layer half of the partially thawed hash browns on the bottom of the crock pot. Place half of the cooked chopped bacon in a layer over hash browns. Add half of the diced onions followed by half of the shredded cheddar cheese. Repeat layers in the same order.

Use a bowl to whisk together eggs, milk, dry mustard, salt and paper. Mix well. Pour mixture over ingredients in crock pot.

Cover and cook on low setting for 10 to 12 hours. Use a spatula to remove omelet casserole from slow cooker. Serves 10.

12-Hour Crock Pot Breakfast Recipes: Sausage & Potatoes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of butter
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage links, cut into ½ pieces (or turkey sausage links)
1 small onion, diced
3 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes, diced
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add sausage pieces and sauté until partially cooked. Drain fat from skillet and place sausage in crock pot.

Add diced onion and diced potatoes to crock pot. Stir in with sausage. Drizzle maple syrup over ingredients in crock pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours. If desirable, serve with scrambled eggs. Serves 10.

12-Hour Crock Pot Breakfast Recipes: Ham & Apple Breakfast

Ingredients:

1 (4 to 5 lb.) ham
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
4 tablespoons of butter, melted
½ cup brown sugar
2 tsp. dry mustard

Place ham in center of slow cooker. Arrange sliced apples evenly around the ham. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, and dry mustard. Mix well and drizzle over ham and apples in slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours. To serve, remove ham to a serving platter. Remove apples and arrange around ham on platter. Let ham slightly cool before slicing. Serves 12.

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12/15/10 Daily Dose of Nonsense

Scope it, as in Horoscope: The earmark you are thinking about has nothing to do with Congress. Go to the doctor.

Bonehead Tip of the Day: When you vote, tell someone “You voted for so-and-so even though he/she is a Republican.” A nice way to insult by trying to get along. Hear that all the time but rarely in the other version. It’s like saying “I never watch ‘Jersey Shore’ but I did last night.”

The List: Top TV shows of the Week.
Broadcast
1. “Sunday Night Football” – 21.5 million
2. “NFL Pregame” – 15.9 million
3. “60 Minutes” – 14.2 million
Cable
1. “NFL Monday Night Football” – 16.5 million
2. “The Closer” – 5.8 million
3. “NFL Thursday Night Football” – 5.4 million
Source: Nielsen
Notes: As a NFL lockdown looms for next year, they might want to reconsider as football once again blows away the competition. Take a look at cable as well. The top show is a whopping 16.5 million and the second is back to reality in cable terms. By far, if you air a football game, chances are you have a winner as far as ratings are concerned. Fox must be licking their chops since they have the Super Bowl in February. “It’s A Wonderful Life” ratings will be reflected next week. However, for the holidays season, “Rudolph” is the winner with just over 12 million viewers – – so far. A recent airing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” failed to crack the Top 20. It’s head-to-head competition did, however. That was the Golden Globes TV winner, “Glee.” They launched it last year by giving them the win. Will that continue?

Trivia: The Eskimo Pie was not invented by an Eskimo or in Alaska, for that matter. It’s not even a pie, per se. It was created by a Danish-born schoolteacher from Iowa named Christian Nelson. No drug testing here as the 1904 marathon winner was given brandy and styrchnine during the race. Beware of the yawn of the hippo as they kill more people in Africa than do lions. If you want to estimate the age of that trout you just caught, count the rings on the scales. And get off the scale. You do not care about that during the holiday season.

Closer: At least it was only one drummer playing for the baby Jesus and not 12 drummers drumming. Wow. Loud.

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1,2,3 Magic : an Easy to Learn and Effective Basic Behavior Management System for Parents

As a therapist working, primarily, with children and families for nearly 30 years, finding materials that parents can read and use is an ongoing struggle. Some years back, I came across an earlier edition of this book and have used it, successfully, with literally hundreds of families. It presents, in regular language, a deceptively simple-sounding system that allows parents whose children are presenting common behavior problems with a way to manage their children that accomplishes two very important things. 1) Used correctly and consistently, the responsibility for the unacceptable behavior is clearly assigned to the child, and, perhaps more importantly, 2) Dr. Phelan gives parents the tools they need to deal with these ‘problematic’ behaviors without getting too emotionally upset about it themselves. The second point is impossible to overvalue: When a child behaves badly and the parent responds by getting upset – it is often akin to throwing gasoline on a small fire. That metaphor is, in my experience, not hyperbole!

The basic idea, clearly presented and available as book, CD, VHS and DVD, is that when a parent first notices the early signs that their child is getting ready to do something wrong – they give them a warning, or a series of warnings as needed – followed, if the warnings do not succeed, with a reasonable (and matter-of-fact) consequence for the child. Warning #1: The parent sees what he/she has learned to recognize as a nearly immediate precursor of an unacceptable behavior. The parent says to the child something like, “That’s Number One.” That is the child’s first warning – and after the system is used for a while – it is as far as many parents will need to go. Sometimes, especially when the system is first introduced into a family, that won’t work. The child will continue to move closer to doing the ‘wrong’ thing. The parent, again matter-of-factly, says “That’s Number Two.” And THAT is the LAST warning. If the child does not use their own ability to self control (which all children have at least SOME of), the parent goes to, “That’s Number Three and (….consequence.) The consequence might be a time-out or other brief but certain consequence for the child not stopping themselves. Sounds simple and it is – though it is not unusual for the program to require individualization for different families and different children.

The book/program is divided into two basic sections. Firstly, there are the “Stop” behaviors, i.e. methods to manage the behaviors that we want the child to stop doing. (Teasing a sib, jumping on furniture, being rude or disrespectful, etc…): The second section deals with what Dr. Phelan simply refers to as the “Start” behaviors, like getting children to do things they won’t do. Cleaning up their own things, doing homework, being ready to leave home for school on time, etc. are a few examples. The Stop behaviors ordinarily work more readily than do the Start behaviors which tend to require more flexibility, experimentation and trial and error on the part of the adults.

Children quite normally resist change, and it is quite common for them to resist the introduction of this (or any) new system in their home aimed at managing their behaviors – but if parents hang in with this one – consulting with a professional as needed to ‘customize’ it for their particular situation, the results have been predictably positive. Dr. Phelan cautions parents, repetitively, about the two things they might do that will cause the program to not work. Parents must discipline themselves to 1) talk less, and 2) insert less of their own emotions into the situation. Too much talk and too much emotion can sabotage any child management system.

No one book or system is the best or right solution for every parent and child. But, that being said, Tom Phelan’s “1-2-3 Magic” is a wonderfully easy to read and implement way to begin to try to discipline in a consistent, organized, fair and predictable manner. A nice read for professionals and an incredibly useful set of tools for parents worried about certain things their child/children either do or don’t do that concern them.

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13 Signs that You'll Have a Long Life

In the 20th century, the average human life expectancy increased by 30 years, representing the largest increase in 5 000 years. How to explain this? Discoveries in medicine, education and prevention of diseases have increased the life expectancy.

Here are the latest researches in the field of longevity: signs that you’re on the right way to a long life!

1. Your mom had you at an early age

If your mother was young when she gave you birth, you have more changes to reach the age of 100. It seems that young mothers produce ovules of a better quality than older mothers.

2. You like tea

Green tea and black tea contain a concentrated dose of substances that help blood vessels to relax and protect your hearth. You need only 1.2 cups of fresh tea daily.

3. You prefer to walk

People who walk for 30 minutes a day live four times more than those who prefer the car.

4. You don’t consume carbonated drinks

Scientists have discovered that one or more diet drinks per day double the risk of metabolic syndrome (which involves hypertension, diabetes, obesity). Replace these drinks with tea.

5. You have strong legs

Strong legs mean a good balance, flexibility and endurance. As you get older, those attributes will represent the key to reduce the risk of fractures. Therefore, don’t hesitate to start your workout routine,

6. You eat purple food

Grapes, blueberries, red wine: all these contain polyphenols- substances that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and Alzheimer’s disease. Polyphenols keep blood vessels and arteries flexible and healthy. Also, they help your brain to function properly.

7. A normal weight in adolescence

It seems that overweight teenagers are more predisposed to diabetes in adulthood than those who have a normal weight. Adults with diabetes are affected by heart diseases in time…

8. You don’t like hamburgers

The excessive consumption of red meet increases the risk of colon cancer. Experts don’t know why red meet has this effect, but it’s believed that carcinogenic elements are formed when the meet is thermally processed or preserved with nitrates. From time to time, you can eat a hamburger, as long as it doesn’t become a habit.

9. You went to college

A new study conducted by Harvard University revealed that people who have more than 12 years of education live more than the others. What does it mean? It seems that high school graduates smoke in a greater proportion than those who have a higher education.

10. You love your friends

Quality interpersonal relationships reduce stress. Having good friends keeps you healthy, both physically and mentally. Chronic stress weakens the immune system and causes premature aging of cells, shortening the life by up to 4.8 years, according to studies.

11. Your friends are healthy

You are 60% more predisposed to become obese if your friends are obese. In order to have a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to stay next to people who have similar goals.

12. You like to be challenged

People who consider themselves self-disciplined and organized live longer and have up to 90% lower chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Focus on personal and professional goals and try new things that stimulate your brain.

13. You don’t have a housekeeper

By washing the floors and windows for an hour, you’ll burn 300 calories, reducing the risk of death by up to 30%!

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13 Easy Pop/Folk Songs for Beginning Guitarists

If you’re like me, you started learning to play rhythm guitar because you wanted to accompany your own singing. With just a few chords under your belt, you can play a wide range of pop and folk songs. The following list presents 13 pop/folk songs that are easy to play if you know a handful of simple chords. But first, here are a few suggestions for finding chords on the Internet.

The World Wide Web has a ton of free chord transcriptions that show how to play popular songs. See the Resource list below for free guitar chord sites where you can search for your favorite artist. Or, do a Google search for a particular artist using this formula: “Artist’s Name guitar chord.”

Keep in mind that guitar tabs posted on the Internet are sometimes inaccurate. If the indicated chord sounds wrong, try another chord and use whatever sounds best. Also remember that you can sometimes substitute easier chords for difficult ones. Use what you know and see what sounds best. Have fun and don’t worry about doing it “right.”

Even notoriously difficult songwriters like Paul Simon have written at least one or two simpler songs that you can learn quickly. If recent songs by your favorite artist are too complex for you to play right away, try searching for songs from their earlier albums, which may be easier to play.

The following 13 songs are a good place to start with your searches. If you already know the chords listed for each song, you’ll be able to play it right away. If you need a refresher on any of the basic chords, see the Resource list for free how-to sites.

“Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell (Em, A, D)

“The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore” by Michelle Shocked (Em, D, C)

“This Flower” by Kasey Chambers (G, C, D)

“Try Not to Breathe” by R.E.M. (D, Am, C, G)

“Slip-Slidin’ Away” by Paul Simon (G, Em, D, C)

“Wonder” by Natalie Merchant (C, G, Am, F)

“Iowa” by Dar Williams (G, D, Em, C, Am)

“Gone Again” by the Indigo Girls (G, D, C, Am, Em)

“Sharp Cutting Words” by Lucinda Williams (C, G, D, Em)

“Ice Cream” by Sarah McLachlan (Am, D, G, C, Em)

“Country Roads” by John Denver (G, Em, D, C, D7)

“Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer (C, Cmaj7, Dm, G, Em)

“The Times They Are A-Changin'” by Bob Dylan (G, Em, C, G, D, Am)

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13 Tips to Help You Graduate from College Debt Free

Today, many college students graduate burdened by $20,000 or more of debt. While graduating from college debt free may seem like an impossible dream, there are ways to reduce college costs and to pay-as-you-go that can help to minimize or even eliminate your debt burden at graduation. Here are 13 tips for a low-debt or debt free graduation.

1. Lower tuition costs by accumulating college credits while you are still in high school. One way to reduce college costs is to earn college credits while you are in high school by taking some college-level courses at a local community college. Not only will this save on tuition, but the discipline and rigor required to pass community college-level courses may help you excel academically in college.

2. Save on tuition by“testing-out” of some courses, if possible. If you excel in certain subjects, find out whether the college you plan to attend will give you credit if you pass a subject-specific test. Also, some schools accept credits earned by passing College Level Examination tests on specific subjects.

3. Look for three-year bachelor’s degree programs, which are offered by some schools.

4. Start your college career at a community college and then transfer the credits earned there to a four-year college. Investigate the four-year school’s credit transfer policies ahead of time to ensure that all your community college credits can go with you.

5. Seek out less expensive schools with great academic reputations, including in-state schools.

6. Work part time while you are in college. To ensure that work doesn’t interfere with your academic achievement, start by working a limited number of hours each week, then add more hours over time if you can.

7. Get to know the staff in your college’s work/study department and be sure that they know the kinds of jobs that most interest you so that you will get the first call when a great job comes in.

8. Get all the free money that you can. There may be more grant and scholarship money out there than your realize. Do your own research on the internet or at the public library and talk to your high school advisor about the best grants and scholarships for you. When you get to college, introduce yourself to the staff of the financial aid office, stay in touch with them regularly throughout your college career, and take advantage of the resources they have to offer.

9. Explore loan forgiveness options (such as the AmeriCorps program) if you need loans to help financial your studies.

10. Learn to budget. Set a monthly budget and live by it. Look for ways to minimize incidental expenses, such as cell phone bills, music downloads, clothing purchases, restaurant and fast-food purchases, and coffee or soft drinks.

11. Save on housing costs. Living at home is perhaps the biggest money saver. But if you go away to school, living off campus and sharing an apartment with other students can also help to slash housing costs. Another alternative is to investigate becoming a dorm assistant, which may include room and board.

12. Don’t take a car to school.

13. Save on text books by buying used books, sharing books with other students who will be taking the same course as you will a semester sooner or later than you, or renting books. Also, raise money by selling text books you no longer need.

Sources:

Donna Freedman, articles.moneycentral.msn.com, Student aid: College education possible without debt – MSN Money

Grace Fleming, homeworktips.about.com, Dual Enrollment – Joint Enrollment in High School and College

www.americorps.gov, AmeriCorps.gov, AmeriCorps State and National

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13 Great Road Songs for a Road Trip Vacation

When you’re out on the road, there are just certain songs that make you feel at home out there. This is a list of some of the greatest rock n’ roll road songs that will make the road trip to wherever you’re going for summer vacation more enjoyable:

Ramble On by Led Zeppelin – Are you a ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan? Then you’ll appreciate the Gollum and Mordor references in this song about ramblin’ on.

Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf – This song is from the soundtrack of the greatest road movie ever, ‘Easy Rider’, and it’s definitely one of the best road songs ever. It’s about looking for adventure, heading out on the highway, and living for the moment.

Life in the Fast Lane by The Eagles – Hopefully you aren’t spending your vacation like the protagonists in this song, taking pills and throwing parties that you can’t afford, but the music and chorus of this song make it perfect for listening to on the road.

Highway to Hell by AC/DC – Do you hate going on vacation? Then you might feel like you’re on a “highway to hell”.

Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins – This song from the movie ‘Top Gun’ is the 80’s at its finest. It’s a bit kitschy now, but that’s what makes the “highway to the danger zone” worth driving down.

On the Road Again by Willie Nelson – If you’re on the road a lot, you’ll appreciate Willie Nelson’s mellow anthem to travel.

King of the Road by Roger Miller – This is one of those songs that will really get stuck in your head. Unfortunately, you can’t get rooms for fifty cents these days.

Here I go Again by Whitesnake – You might not be going on vacation by yourself, but if you wish you were, this song about being a lonely drifter on the street of dreams can take you there.

The Weight by The Band – Feeling road weary? Then this song about “taking a load off” will help you relax. It’s also an interesting look at some of the colorful people you might meet on your road trip (including some Biblical figures).

Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan – How does it feel to be on a road trip? Well, sometimes not all that great. But this song, despite its serious subject matter (the many facets of life), will cheer you up, even if you don’t know what direction you’re going. Plus it is one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen – This is another serious song about escaping. If you feel like you were born to be on the road running from your mundane everyday life, then this song is definitely for you.

Slow Ride by Foghat – This rock song about taking it easy (another great rock song about being on the road) may be about taking a different kind of slow ride, but it’s also a lot of fun to listen to when you’re stuck in traffic.

Roadhouse Blues by The Doors – The Doors have to be one of my favorite rock bands of all time, and I absolutely love this bluesy ode to life on the road.

So don’t just enjoy your vacation; enjoy the trip there with these great road songs that will build up your vacation anticipation and keep you moving on; just remember to keep your eyes on the road and your hand upon the wheel.

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